It's Got To Be Now

by Aloud

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Brandon Zarzyczny Aloud is my favorite band, and It's Got to be Now is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums. I love the mix of rock and pop in all of the songs here. The male and female dueling vocals are the highlights of the album, and they have a really strong band backing them up this time around. I love the whole album so much that it's tough to pick favorite tracks, but I think that Back Here With Me Again, A Little Bit Low, Complicity, The Wicked Kind, and It's Got to be Now are definite standouts. Favorite track: Back Here With Me Again.
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1.
I got you back here with me again Someone to love and share the bed I feasted on my well-meaning foolishness Darling, I can’t help put you to some test Sent you to the combat zone Almost broke up our happy home I admit I go over the line It’s true I can be difficult at times But nothing would hurt me more than to watch you walk out that door Who wrote all those love songs baby? Who predicted how this would end? Who wrote all those love songs darling? Who knew we’d through this again?
2.
Desire is the root of the emptiness filling the void You struggle with your heart over what it is may bring you joy Restless in nature Oh dear, that’s part of the danger What good’s this life at all without that tug of war? Don’t let it get you down To be free you must embrace that our lives are lacking in meaning This world is neither on your side or against you, but indifferent Conflict is nature How you attempt to betray her And though the weight is great these are not chains at all
3.
Oh, the wicked kind believes the jealous mind is always on her tracks Always on her tracks Because the bourgeoisie could never truly see the wisdom of her ways The wisdom of her ways But could one really weep within a verdant sea? Could one really share a life so debonaire? Oh, c’mon! You’re the wicked kind She says they do not mind working all the time They’re happy to be here Happy to be here She dressing up this con as opportunity The chance won’t come again Chance won’t come again Now she’s got a Top Ten to go with her Famous Boyfriend A million dollar girl for this million dollar world. Oh, c’mon! You’re the wicked kind
4.
Jeanne, it’s just a ride Jeanne, you’d better get out of my room before our friends all start talking Nothing you can say will reduce our doom Although you try hard to fight it Don’t try to deny what’s happening Nobody’s that blind Jeanne, you’d better pick the hint up fast We might not be here tomorrow This ain’t the kind of thing that’s meant to last I bet you think it’s your dumb luck We’re all the same kind of fucked here Quit wasting my time Jeanne, it’s just a ride! Sooner or later, everyone gets off this ride Won’t you get off with me? The futility of existence requires not your assistance You could waste some time, We could waste some time together. Let’s waste some time
5.
Well baby now it’s all right No reason to worry ‘bout it tonight You’re coming off uptight Don’t lose the rhythm Have a good time Raise from the bottom of your aching soul the love that is running both hot and cold Well, we all get a little bit low here from time to time You ought to let your pain flow like a fire traversing your veins Don’t ever let the beat slow Turn up the music on the radio I know you got your reasons to be feeling sad A lot of folks before you had it just as bad It’s easy to lose your mind over nothing Everytime you close your eyes you’re feeling something It’s easy to lose your mind over nothing Everytime you close your eyes you’re seeing something We all get a little bit A little bit low
6.
A stemless flower sitting on my windowsill And from this vantage point it’s dying Time passes on (Time it moves past her) A thousand more dawns (And mornings after) I’ve been waiting such a long time Like a sunset sitting perfectly still You think you’re moving but you’re idling Standing in line (Awaiting the answer) There’s no one behind (And no one before her) I’ve been waiting such a long time, love. This moment I’ll seize it and this time you know that I’ll mean it
7.
Life really isn’t that much worse here at the center of the universe steering down the 101 with nothing but a camera and a loaded gun Static cleanse my mind White noise rob me blind Forest around me far from wild The irony of it makes me smile No one to care about for miles After the plague, we will see the stars After it plays out we’ll know who we really are It was nothing to survive once our hearts were shut so tight I come and go as I please I love all my enemies Better living together all alone Via electronic methadone It’s not my problem anymore After the plague, we will see the stars When it all goes down, then we’ll know what we truly are Now I love all my enemies They make such good company
8.
There ain’t no getting around this, babe We’ve got to change for good Just like the prophets of yesteryear and their dispassionate words We’ve got to breathe every single breath Exhale this loneliness Gasp like it’s understood: The thrill of this life will slip away And slip away for good (Hey) Don’t save a thing for tonight The universe will give and take Anything we desire So live it up till the heat is gone And this frost turns to fire Coz we move in illusion Abide in seclusion And speak in compromise But our ashes will burn so bright More than a thousand lies Oh no oh no oh no oh no It’s got to be now
9.
Complicity 02:21
I got a letter in the mail today News from an old friend far away Something’s come up we couldn’t expect And I may soon be the first suspect Oh, all right, all right I know I promised, but I’m leaving tonight C’mon, c’mon I’d like to stay, but I must be gone The dead do not improve overnight Those who remain are no oversight A thousand muted words are all they bring You know a photograph don’t prove a thing I keep your letter in my coat pocket I fear your message I won’t forget No sense in talking ‘bout the way things were Complicity is such a dirty word
10.
Life can be a problem when you’re eager to begin and your chains have missed the mark as you open all the windows to a world you want to see, but you never need to touch I know that you believe that if the love you should receive would ever really be enough, then the god of compromise would swiftly open up our eyes and ease the diamond from the rough So how can I convey that you’re pissing it away? What else can I say, Emily Jane? What is too foolish to be said is sung by idiots instead Who watch the world pass by from bed You’re tumbling around inside dreams and paper crowns Just live your life instead, Emily Jane

about

★ “[One of the] best albums of 2014…” –Ryan’s Smashing Life
★ “Aloud is a hit factory and It’s Got To Be Now is like their rock and roll sportscar showroom.” –Rust Magazine
★ “A great romp from start to finish.” –Performer Magazine
★ Best album of 2014 –Pop Underground
★ “Tuneful and… timeless.” –New York Music Daily
★ “They just rock.” –Boston Herald

“…This burgeoning magic hit critical mass with our participation in Berklee’s BANDED project to record ‘You Will Know’ …. It was our first time working both at Mad Oak Studios in Allston and with Benny Grotto, who proposed we play the song live. It seemed like an ideal way to work, so we went with it. The two day session was so much fun, we booked another session at Mad Oak toward the end of the year for the hell of it and ended up recording ‘Such A Long Time’. At this second session, Benny suggested we take it a step further: forget the headphones, forget the click track, forget separating the amps, and just play the damn thing till it sounds good. That, too, was incredibly fun.

Point is: after all that, the writing was on the wall. What our next album needed to be was as unavoidable as the block-text in the video above.

This is what we’ve set out to make here: an album that sounds like a band playing music in a room together.”

credits

released April 1, 2014

Produced by Charles Newman, Benny Grotto, and Aloud
Recorded live at Mad Oak Studios in Boston, MA
Additional recording at Serious Business NYC
Mixed by Charles Newman and Ryan Cornell at Cottage Sounds, NYC
Additional engineering: Thayer Harris (”Such a Long Time”)

Mastered by Tony Eichler at Goldtone Mastering

All songs written by de la Osa/Beguiristain
Music arranged and performed by Aloud

Henry Beguiristain: lead vocals, guitars, Mellotron, percussion
Jen de la Osa: lead vocals, guitars, piano, percussion
Frank Hegyi: drums, percussion, shouty bits
Charles Murphy: bass, backing vocal, percussion

Additional musicians
Maxwell Butler: organ, piano
Mike Tucker: drums, percussion (”Such a Long Time”)
Andy G. Wong: live percussion

Special thanks to Mike Tucker and Justin Emile Shapiro.

Profound and eternal gratitude to our families, Hugh Wyman, Matthew Girard, David Mirabella, Steph Durwin, Travis Harrison, Cold Blood Club, Kingsley Flood, Jillian Santella and everyone at EiPR, Lindsay Swartz, Beca Oliveira and Martin Schmidheiny, Annie and Chris March, Stephen LoVerme and Erin Genett, Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering, Chip and Cindy Murphy, Adrian Grey, Ben Wiebe, Amy Gruss, and Scotty Hemenway for their love, support, and assistance on this record.

Thank you for listening.

℗ 2014 Aloud under exclusive license to Lemon Merchant Records. All rights reserved.
© 2014 DTTR Music Publishing/Pedro Pan Publishing (BMI)

🍋 A Lemon Merchant release / DTTR007A

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